Listen to Episode 211, “The Sandman: Vol. X – The Wake (feat. Eric Sipple, Greg Sahadachny, K. Dale Koontz & Ensley F. Guffey)”

Art from 'The Sandman' #72 by Michael Zulli and Daniel Vozzo.

Art from ‘The Sandman’ #72 by Michael Zulli and Daniel Vozzo.

Gobbledygeek episode 211, “The Sandman: Vol. X – The Wake (feat. Eric Sipple, Greg Sahadachny, K. Dale Koontz & Ensley F. Guffey),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to mark the end of our year-long Four-Color Flashback discussion of Neil Gaiman’s epic fantasy series The Sandman. On hand to discuss Vol. X: The Wake with Paul and AJ are all of their past Sandman guests: Broken Magic author/The Deli Counter of Justice cohort Eric Sipple; The Debatable Podcast host Greg Sahadachny; and Wanna Cook? authors K. Dale Koontz and Ensley F. Guffey. The six of them discuss Morpheus’ wake, its many attendees, Daniel’s ascendance as the Dream King, and the series’ three epilogues. This episode? Well, it’s the stuff dreams are made of.

Next: for the final episode of 2014, you’ll get to hear Paul, AJ, Eric, Thomas Dorton, and Alyssa Herron doing a Deli Counter of Justice reading at Rickert & Beagle Books in Pittsburgh, PA.

(Show notes for “The Sandman: Vol. X – The Wake.”)

Listen to ‘Smoke Gets in Your Ears: A Mad Men Podcast’ Episode 22

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Smoke Gets in Your Ears: A Mad Men Podcast episode 22 is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

Things get a little trippy this week, as AJ, Kenn, and Joe continue their look at Mad Men season 5 with a discussion of “Mystery Date,” in which Grandma Pauline gives Sally drugs; “Signal 30,” wherein the Pryce is wrong for one Pete Campbell; and “Far Away Places,” in which Roger discovers he just wasn’t made for these times. Plus, don’t miss another exciting installment of Hamm Watch!

(Show notes for Smoke Gets in Your Ears episode 22.)

Listen to ‘Smoke Gets in Your Ears: A Mad Men Podcast’ Episode 21

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Smoke Gets in Your Ears: A Mad Men Podcast episode 21 is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

Zou bisou bisou, here’s to another season of Mad Men. Seasons 5 gets off to a start with awkward burlesques, hot cleaning action, a trademark Peach Pussy Power Play, and much more. The episodes under discussion are the two-part premiere “A Little Kiss,” in which it’s Don’s party and he’ll grump if he wants to; and “Tea Leaves,” wherein Betty’s, uh, put on a few pounds. Plus, don’t miss another exciting installment of Hamm Watch!

(Show notes for Smoke Gets in Your Ears episode 21.)

Listen to Episode 210, “I’m Having the Weirdest Day”

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Gobbledygeek episode 210, “I’m Having the Weirdest Day,” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

This Christmas season, put a little love in your heart with Paul and AJ as they revisit Richard Donner’s 1988 reworking of A Christmas Carol, Scrooged. This year’s Twisted Christmas entry stars none other than AJ favorite Bill Murray as soulless TV exec Frank Cross, who is visited by a number of very annoying spirits who try and pummel him into living life to its fullest. The boys discuss Murray’s manic-to-dry range, what we’re supposed to make of Frank’s (and even Scrooge’s) character arc, and the interesting decision to cast Carol Kane as the sound of nails on a chalkboard given form. They also invent the mental breakdown Donner surely had on set. This is a weird one. Plus, there’s talk of those Star Wars and Jurassic World trailers, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Next: an all-star jam band of our Sandman compatriots takes place, as the gang turns to the final volume of Neil Gaiman’s epic, Vol X: The Wake.

(Show notes for “I’m Having the Weirdest Day.”)

Listen to ‘Smoke Gets in Your Ears: A Mad Men Podcast’ Episode 20

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Smoke Gets in Your Ears: A Mad Men Podcast episode 20 is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

Don makes another pilgrimage to California in the Mad Men season 4 finale “Tomorrowland,” while AJ, Kenn, and Joe engage in some exquisite girl talk about the man’s complicated love life. What makes this trip different? What do Don’s decisions say about him? Who is Don Draper? The boys try and get to the bottom of things. Plus, don’t miss another exciting installment of Hamm Watch!

(Show notes for Smoke Gets in Your Ears episode 20.)

Listen to Episode 209, “The Sandman: Vol IX – The Kindly Ones”

Art from 'The Sandman' #68 by Marc Hempel, Richard Case, and Daniel Vozzo.

Art from ‘The Sandman’ #68 by Marc Hempel, Richard Case, and Daniel Vozzo.

Gobbledygeek episode 209, “The Sandman: Vol IX – The Kindly Ones,” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

All good things got to finish some time. Paul and AJ have reached the climax of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, in its penultimate installment, Vol IX: The Kindly Ones. As Morpheus’ strict adherence to rules proves to be a cage of his own making, the Furies come down upon his head, wreaking havoc in the Dreaming and tying together many of this epic series’ loose ends. Meanwhile, Lucifer plays piano, Rose meets Jack (non-Titanic edition), Matthew lacks pennies, and Lyta’s hair drinks most of the water. It’s been a hell of a ride.

Next: the boys get in the twisted Christmas spirit with a look back at Scrooged.

(Show notes for “The Sandman: Vol IX – The Kindly Ones.”)

Listen to ‘Smoke Gets in Your Ears: A Mad Men Podcast’ Episode 19

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Smoke Gets in Your Ears: A Mad Men Podcast episode 19 is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

As Mad Men season 4 winds to a close, things seem to be falling apart for damn near everyone at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. This week, AJ, Kenn, and Joe chronicle the various disasters in “Hands and Knees,” in which we discover Lane has a sweet tooth for chocolate; “Chinese Wall,” wherein Megan goes above and beyond in her secretarial duties; and “Blowing Smoke,” in which Don actually finds a use for The New York Times.

(Show notes for Smoke Gets in Your Ears episode 19.)